I am trying to talk myself into a used Leaf my local Nissan dealer brought in in northern NB. The nearest authorised dealer is 120km away in a different city but these guys say they wanted to try one out to see if there was interest. Despite the complete lack of any chargers around this city, I am interested, and I showed the car off to no less than a dozen interested people in the two days I had it.
The vehicle is a 2015 SV that came out of Quebec. My dealer, who does not sell Leafs (Leaves?
), has been incorrect about a number of things already (range is NOT 300Km...nor 200Km!) told me it was a demo from Ontario. The nav system shows it was driven by at least three people (all iphones) sharing one home address in the Montreal suburbs. Note to others: clear your nav system before selling...
At a little over 30k Kms I'm wondering about battery life. There were no bars missing when I had it out on test drive. It would trickle charge to 95%/154km range overnight. That 150km range translated to about 90km of mixed 50/50 90k/h highway, 50-60k/h city with 20-30km remaining on the GoM. I did not have a working LeafSpy OBD dongle to see actual SoC nor time to try hitting turtle mode.
That 90km with a big buffer is almost perfect for my trips to town from my rural home (30km to town limits...I've had a few hairy low fuel situations on that road in my ICE car). My concern is winter driving with heat, and/or the overall battery degradation as the miles go on. I'd hate to drop 25k on a car that can only be used during the summer. If, in 4 or 5 years, I could drop in a new 30kwh (or better) for 5-7k, I would do it, if the car was still in good shape. But not too soon.
I'm wondering about others' experiences with the Leaf and the inevitable battery degradation - but here in he Great White North. And I'm sorry, but you tropical lifers in BC needn't bother replying!
I looking for opinions from the folks in the snowy east - as in east of the Rockies.
Does the cooler climate help us out versus the southerners (even the lizard batteries will suffer from heat, just not like the old days)? Do the cold winter trips really trim that much off the range, or is it manageable by being slightly MORE light footed? Do the cold winters help us fare better?